Ademola Fashiku

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A Dangerous Time for the Press and the Presidency

Trump’s branding of the press as an "enemy" seems less an attempt to influence coverage than an invitation to repression and even violence.<p>At the dawn of a turbulent era in American history, an inexperienced but media-savvy President, early in his first term, was obsessing about negative press.<p>John …

The Long and Brutal History of Fake News

Bogus news has been around a lot longer than real news. And it’s left a lot of destruction behind.<p>The fake news hit Trent, Italy, on Easter Sunday, 1475. A 2 ½-year-old child named Simonino had gone missing, and a Franciscan preacher, Bernardino da Feltre, gave a series of sermons claiming that the …

What’s So Great About American World Leadership?

The U.S. voters who rejected decades of bipartisan foreign-policy consensus might be on to something.<p>How has America come to elect a president who so starkly repudiated decades’ worth of the largely bipartisan vision of U.S. global leadership? And if that vision won’t be the basis of American …

Critical Thinking About The 2016 Election Results

Having covered three Presidential elections with the goal of seeing how they can be used to teach and learn critical-thinking skills, I'm frequently asked the question of whether the latest election results mean we have lost the ability to think at all.<p>This election, with its unexpected and …